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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; 1 edition (August 20, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578566576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578566570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Across the centuries, how have Christians who follow the Prince of Peace responded to the recurring reality of war? And what guidance do they offer for believers today?in the midst of global conflict?

In When God Says War Is Right, Dr. Darrell Cole offers thorough and highly readable answers. His expert examination focuses on these topics:
·Relating the character of God with the use of force
·Determining when and how Christians ought to fight
·Understanding why Christian virtues are vital when using force
·Using nuclear weapons for deterrence
·Learning lessons from World War II, Vietnam, and the 1991 Gulf War
·Responding to today?s war against terrorism

Dr. Cole focuses on Romans 13, where Paul commands us to ?do what is right? (or ?good? or ?noble?) in regard to our governing authorities, who have legitimate war-making authority. In the case of war, what is ?right? for the Christian? This book answers that essential question. In today?s war-stricken world, Dr. Cole provides timely, trustworthy, and vitally needed guidance for Christians.

About the Author

Dr. Darrell Cole is assistant professor of religion at Drake University in Madison, New Jersey, and taught previously at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, and a graduate of Lynchburg College, he holds masters degrees in philosophy from Ohio University, in religion from Yale University, and in theology from Duke University, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

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It can be, in fact, a positive good in a bad world.
Douglas Groothuis
While he argues against a "my country, right or wrong" mentality, Cole regards just war as a positive good.
Robert G. Leroe
At only 160 pages, the book doesn't begin to adequately cover the subject matter.
Monty Rainey

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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Leroe VINE VOICE on January 11, 2003
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Dr. Darrell Cole, assistant professor of religion at Drew University, has offered perhaps the finest overview of Just-War theory, examining Scripture along with he progressive, historic development of the theory by Catholic and Reformation scholars. Dr. Cole then applies the conditions to WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm ("the most cleanly fought modern war"). He also deals with the topic of Muslim terrorism, contrasting the concept of Islamic jihad to Christian Just-War theory.
Some of the issues include: comparative justice, why human sin makes war necessary, treatment of prisoners, siege and embargo tactics, and the rules of engagement. Cole gives special attention to the criteria that has been developed. It is not enough to simply say one has "just cause"; there are numerous requirements that must be met before one can clearly regard a cause as just. Each condition is given thorough analysis.
Special attention is focused on nuclear arms; Cole evaluates their use in WWII and questions whether the effectiveness of MAD/Mutually Assured Destruction during the Cold War will work with other regimes. Regarding nuclear deterrence, Cole warns that, "If the Unites States actually has to use nuclear weapons, those weapons fail in their purpose." He addresses the threat of escalation and the use of conventional weaponry, which he calls "just weapons only insofar as they can be used with discrimination."
Refuted is the notion that war is at best a necessary evil. While he argues against a "my country, right or wrong" mentality, Cole regards just war as a positive good. Failure to protect and preserve peace through the use of force is not simply being irresponsible, but less-than righteous. Soldiers therefore have chosen a virtuous, "holy vocation".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Nuckolls on February 7, 2014
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First I must say that Professor Cole has written this book in a way that is available to almost any reader concerning flow of thought and overall structure. I agree with a prior to reviewer that it is short on overall content but has enough material to make his point. The major problem with this book claiming to be The Christian Perspective is that there is so little scripture used in defending the just war theory perspective that one must ask if Professor Cole believes that just war theory is defensible biblically. Other than several scriptures trying to show that God is described in the OT as a warrior on one page there is very little scripture elsewhere in the book. This sort of treatment certainly wouldn't stand up in a debate with a scripturally based pacifist (and there are plenty). I do, however, appreciate that Professor cole approaches the subject from a conservative Christian perspective.

Another major problem I had while reading this book is the use of fallacies in making arguments like the repeated use of John the Baptist's instructions to soldiers to treat people justly instead of telling them to stop soldiering, therefore God must support Christians in the military. And that we couldn't possibly imagine John telling prostitutes to prostitute more righteously. These are arguments from silence. The argument is made over and over that Jesus never told people to stop owning slaves, yet it is obvious for any Christian that Jesus was changing social order slowly. Though if we used Professor Cole's reasoning then we should still have slaves today.

I also find the choice of historic Christians weak in making the argument that historic Christianity has supported just war theory. Ambrose was appointed as bishop for political reasons (he wasn't even a priest).
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Monty Rainey VINE VOICE on January 8, 2005
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Cole's book, though from a conservative perspective, doesn't live up to its subtitle. Most of the book is a review of points from the works of Ambrose, Augustine, Aquinas and Calvin. Each of these authors is summarized on the topics. The chapter headings give a good idea of the direction of the work. Some are: Why Christians use force; Christian Virtue and Warfare; When Christians should fight; How Christians should fight; and then three chapters dealing with the Second World War, Vietnam and the Gulf War; Nuclear Weapons and Deterrence; and finally Just Warfare and Terrorism.

At only 160 pages, the book doesn't begin to adequately cover the subject matter. In the theoretical portions, it gives good summaries both of what classical authors have said and of the major points of "just war" theory. It is unfortunate that Cole seems unaware however of much of the philosophical and military work that has been done in this field in recent years. He is unaware of people like R. B. Theime, James Turner Johnson, James Toner, Nicolas Fotion, Malham Wakin, to name a few who have worked in this vain over the past quarter century.

This book falls well short of placing the "Christian perspective" on the justification of war. For a much better examination, I would recommend some of the works by Col. R. B. Theime, Jr., such as FOLLOW THE COLORS, WAR: MORAL OR IMMORAL, and THE CHRISTIAN WARRIOR. Unfortunately, these books are only available (free of charge) through Berachah Church in Houston, TX.
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